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Unanswered Cries: A True Story Of Friends, Neighbors, And Murder In A… (original 1991; edition 1992)

by Thomas French

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Member:BellaFoxx
Title:Unanswered Cries: A True Story Of Friends, Neighbors, And Murder In A Small Town
Authors:Thomas French
Info:St. Martin's Paperbacks (1992), Mass Market Paperback, 402 pages
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Rating:****
Tags:eBooks, My books, Murder, My eBooks, Non-Fiction, Rape, Rape-murder, True Crime, Reviewed

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Unanswered Cries: A True Story Of Friends, Neighbors, And Murder In A Small Town by Thomas French (1991)

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When Karen Gregory was attacked in her Florida home, she screamed. Her scream was heard by more than a dozen neighbors and if was audible for several blocks. Yet no one called the police. Her body was discovered thirty-one hours later and the trail was cold. There were things about this case that puzzled detectives. There was a note left on a car in the driveway, detectives wondered why the police were not called since there was blood and broken glass outside the front door. Also the evidence pointed to a violent struggle, but the house was neat and clean. There were bloody footprints and a white lace teddy was missing.

Some of these questions are answered and for others the detectives had to draw their own conclusions. Mr. French brings all these to our attention. He also chronicles the effect the murder had on Karen’s friends and relatives, showing how a murder affects more than just the person killed and therefore how cruel an act it is.

A very compelling book from start to finish. ( )
  BellaFoxx | Feb 14, 2015 |
On Wednesday, February 25, 2004 I wrote about this book on bookcrossing:


Actuallly this was a great book. I did read this in 1 and a half day, so thats pretty quick, considering English is not my native language.;) (It is my mothers, she is English, but we always spoke Dutch)

This Book was very well written.The most shocking of this book is that even if you live in a small and friendly neighborhood you are not safe.everybody living there heard Karen scream but nobody helped, or checked what was going on. ( )
  Marlene-NL | Apr 12, 2013 |
An okay book. Very disturbing that nobody called the cops when they heard the scream. There's just no excuse for something like that. My copy had no photos of Karen Gregory though which I thought was odd for a true crime book. Looking forward to the show on Investigation Discovery featuring this crime. ( )
  briannad84 | Sep 13, 2011 |
Starts out fast, but gets bogged down in too much detail after we know who did it. Very average to less than average for true crime story. ( )
  sunbear | Dec 2, 2007 |
Wow! I read this true crime while sitting on the beach in St. Petersburg... 15 minutes from where the crime occurred. Great book! ( )
  Irenes | Apr 6, 2007 |
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From Publishers Weekly - While no murder is inconsequential, readers have reason to expect that a book devoted to a killing will highlight some aspect that sets that crime apart, yet this account by St. Petersburg Times reporter French makes no such claim. Karen Gregory, a 36-year-old graphic artist from Gulfport, Fla,, was slain in 1984 as she was moving into the house she was to share with her lover. Stabbed 20 times, her one scream was ignored by neighbors; but French's suggestion of an analogy with the infamous 1964 Kitty Genovese case in New York City is tenuous. The police work was undistinguished; the sergeant who solved the case appears to have been doggedly persistent rather than brilliant. In 1987 local firefighter George Lewis was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment. French's compassion for the family and friends of the victim is the most notable element here.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312926456, Paperback)

The fatal night

On a warm Florida evening, Karen Gregory saw a familiar face at her door. What the beautiful young woman could not know was that she was staring into the eyes of her killer--a savage monster who would rape her, stab her to death, and leave her battered body on the floor outside the bedroom.

The desperate search

Detectives frantically sifting through the evidence were tormented by one disturbing question after another: What did the strangely worded note from a friend mean? Why was the house so orderly, when it had been the scene of a frenzied struggle? Why were the bloody footprints on the carpet barefoot? What happened to the white lace teddy missing from Karen's drawer?

The shattering discovery

Police detective Larry Tosi stayed up nights watching the video of the grisly crime scene, looking for the one telltale clue that would lead him to Karen's killer--until slowly, and with growing horror, he realized that the maniac he was hunting was someone he knew...someone he called a friend.

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The night she was attacked in her Florida home, Karen Gregory let out a scream so piercing that it carried for several blocks. More than a dozen neighbors heard her, but none called the police. By the time her body was discovered, thirty one hours later, the trail was already cold. The detective assigned to solve the murder ran down one blind alley after another, eliminating one suspect after another, until finally the evidence led him to the front door of one of his best friends -- a friend whose wedding ceremony he had officiated over just a few months before. At first the detective didn't want to believe it. But as the mystery deepened, he found himself studying his friend's hands, trying to tell if they were the same size as the bloody handprints left on Karen's leg.… (more)

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